Union achieves ‘Be a Champion’ Silver Status
08 April 2012
It has just been announced by the NUS that Surrey Students’ Union has achieved a silver award in their ‘Be a Champion’ accreditation scheme.
The project aims to ensure that students are given the chance to make the most of the opportunities arising from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Students’ Unions across the country took part in the programme and it was seen as a great opportunity to showcase Surrey’s commitment to the Olympics and spread the word about our successes.
The accreditation itself was assessed on evidence collated by the project leader and Students’ Union Sports Executive Chair, Charlie Eastaugh ‘I compiled a document explaining how Surrey demonstrated the criteria. This document was accompanied by supporting evidence. The criteria was mainly centred on 6 months' commitment to core Olympic values (Striving, Determination, Friendship, Peace/Unity, Fair play, Optimism, Respect and Inspiration). Another criterion was that we ran a project which had gained the Olympic Inspire Mark; that project was Celebrate Surrey.’
When asked about the benefits of taking part in the scheme, Charlie explained ‘We have forged greater links with the NUS; showcasing ourselves on a national stage and standing alongside other top Unions with regard to Olympic commitment.’
Following the Union’s success in achieving silver status, the next step is to build on this and aim for gold status in June. This would be a fantastic achievement as ‘This would sit us among the top very few Unions who have achieved Gold’ says Charlie.
For any students who would like to get involved please email Charlie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He can tell you how you can volunteer at the Olympics or at the Union with regard to Olympic or Paralympic commitment, which covers not just Sport but Culture and Community Engagement as well.